Old Barney by William Plank
acrylic, 24 x 30 inches
Artist Statement: Located on the northern tip of Long Beach Island in Ocean County, Barnegat Lighthouse was designed by General George Meade and commissioned on January 1, 1859. It is 169 feet tall and the second tallest lighthouse in New Jersey. Closed in March of 2022 for renovations, the lighthouse is now open for visitors to climb the 217 steps to the top. Throughout history, Barnegat Lighthouse has been a symbolic image of hope and admiration. The sight has been so familiar to residents and visitors to New Jersey, that it is affectionately known as “Old Barney.”
Jersey Inspiration: I was greeted by Old Barney on many trips to the Jersey Shore.
Bio: William Plank is a professional artist, retired art educator and a lifelong resident of Lawrenceville, New Jersey. He is an acrylic painter whose work allows him to explore a range of emotions and themes. He has exhibited at Educational Testing Service in Princeton, Capitol Health System’s Mercer Hospital Campus, West Windsor Arts Center, D & R Greenway Land Trust in Princeton, Grounds for Sculpture and Phillips’ Mill.
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